The eRanger Ambulance is a combination of motor vehicle and side-mounted stretcher that acts as an ambulance for transport of patients and health-care resources to and from local health centers and hospitals.
Countries: Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopi,a Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, DRC, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, SA, Afghanistan, Haiti
$5,900 USD directly from manufacturing factory (shipping not included). Interview with representative
Price charged to patients varies largely by region and NGO using product.
Traditional ambulances, Namibia Bicycle Ambulance, Zambulance, Partners for Development Taxi Service
Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being
Clinics and hospitals with limited or no transport options seeking to transport mobility-compromised patients such as pregnant women, HIV/AIDS patients, etc….especially in the case of emergencies. Individuals in need of rapid transportation to and from a local healthcare center.
eRanger Ambulances are manufactured on-demand at the eRanger Production Company in South Africa. eRanger claims that each unit is constructed using jigs and appropriate manufacturing techniques to ensure they are finished to the same high standard. They source appropriate motorcycles, perform modifications, and manufacture all cycle equipment. Interview with representative
The eRanger is not protected, but does have specific modifications to the traditional sidecart ambulance. Interview with representative
Clinics and hospitals can procure the eRanger Ambulance directly from eRanger or via NGO programs by calling or emailing and expressing interest in a collaboration. eRanger will provide a quote based on requirements. Interview with representative
Over 2,000 Interview with representative
The eRanger Ambulance is able to safely and comfortably carry one patient and an outreach medical worker, plus emergency supplies for on-site treatment. Every Ambulance has a specialist leading link front suspension system fitted as standard. The improved JH 200 L unit includes an electric start and an easy to maintain pushrod engine that delivers an improvement in engine torque over the older overhead cam engine
The main feature of the Ambulance is the side-mounted stretcher, attached via metal-elastic mounts that, when combined with the sidecar’s suspension, smoothes the ride over rough ground. The stretcher provides patient protection with additional “roof” barshas and has multiple functions. When flat, a prone patient can be carried, protected by an all weather cover. It then also converts into a suspended chair. In both positions there is storage space at the rear of the sidecar. The chair position is suitable for the walking wounded, sick and expectant mothers. Patient transfer is enabled with a hinged section allowing access to the stretcher’s flat platform.
Included with ambulance: stretcher, mattress, seatbelts, extra fuel can, support jack, air compressor (electric), a backbox on the motorcycle (detachable), “decent” set of nonplastic spanners, spare cables, air filter, bulbs, 2 helmets, waterproof 2 piece suit (high visability), high visibility jerkin, spare tires, spare drive chain.Interview with representative
Dimensions (LxWxH): 2m x 1.6m x 1.6m
Stretcher table dimensions (LxW): 1.9m x 0.65m
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Construction of eRanger is relatively low ‘tech’, allowing for easy repair. Each driver is trained at eRanger’s college in Eastern Cape South Africa or in the field at the final destination. Training includes: Basic Control, Road Riding, Off-road riding, and Essential Maintenance
The motorcycle used is a chinese design that eRanger modifies. All of the components of the motorcycle are generic and replaceable with local parts. Interview withrepresentative
eRanger has not had any experience with not being able to find a replacement part in-country
Expected lifespan of 8 years under normal circumstances. Currently, some ambulances are still running after 7 years of use.
Lifespan very dependent on maintenance regime of NGO, temperament/attitude of the driver, funding for the project, and storage circumstances.
eRanger offers a 12 month, 10,000km warranty. Interview with representative
An eRanger is able to safely and comfortably carry one patient and an outreach medical worker, plus emergency supplies for onsite treatment and transportation.
AIDC carried out destruction tests in South Africa Interview with representative
If the terrain is too rough, the ride may be uncomfortable for the patient.
Depending on the nature of the injury/illness, the ambulance can be used to transport varying devices/instruments in the large-capacity carrier box attached to the vehicle.
How many patients can be transported per trip
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Hofman, J. J., et. al., Motorcycle ambulances for referral of obstetric emergencies in rural Malawi: Do they reduce delay and what do they cost? International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2008 Aug;102(2):191-197.
Singh, V. K., Lillrank, P., Innovations in Healthcare Management: Cost-Effective and Sustainable Solutions. 2015 Feb 18.
NATIS standards in South Africa. All motorcycles are made under ISO 9,000+. Interview with representative
eRanger conducted prototyping in their office to determine a design. This design was then tested in South Africa. The South African government conducted destruction testing that included riding the ambulance until it broke, fixed it, then rode it again until it broke as a deterioration simulation. Interview with representative
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